myxomatosis

myxomatosis

[mik-suh-muh-toh-sis]
noun
1.
Pathology.
a.
a condition characterized by the presence of many myxomas.
b.
myxomatous degeneration.
2.
Veterinary Pathology. a highly infectious viral disease of rabbits, artificially introduced into Great Britain and Australia to reduce the rabbit population.

Origin:
1925–30; < Neo-Latin myxomat- (stem of myxoma; see myx-, -oma) + -osis

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myxomatosis (ˌmɪksəməˈtəʊsɪs)
 
n
an infectious and usually fatal viral disease of rabbits characterized by swelling of the mucous membranes and formation of skin tumours; transmitted by flea bites

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myxomatosis myx·o·ma·to·sis (mĭk-sō'mə-tō'sĭs)
n.

  1. A condition characterized by the growth of many myxomas.

  2. A highly infectious, usually fatal disease of rabbits that is caused by a pox virus and is characterized by many skin tumors similar to myxomas.

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myxomatosis

a highly fatal infectious viral disease of rabbits. It is characterized by fever, swelling of the mucous membranes, and the presence of nodular skin tumours. The disease exists naturally in populations of certain South American rabbits of the genus Sylvilagus and has been introduced into western Europe and Australia as a means of rabbit population control

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